Calling all super sleuths, the Summer Reading Challenge is back!

The coolest crime crackers on four paws arrive in Gloucestershire’s Libraries for the Summer Reading Challenge 2017. They will be hopping along to a library near you can join in the fun and help them solve the crimes by reading along.

Created by the UK’s best-selling children’s illustrator Tony Ross, ‘Animal Agents’ are a special detective agency manned by all kinds of clever animals. Ranging from the furry to the scaly and ssssslippery, the gang is out to crack the case with a little help from their friends.

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is a must for all eagle-eyed kids and will test their skills and ingenuity along the way. With the agents on their side, solving these mysteries comes with a large helping of fun.

Thankfully you don’t need to be a detective to know how you can help these furry friends. All kids need to do is sign up and receive their free pack, visit their library three times and borrow six books to complete the challenge.

It runs from Saturday 15th July until Saturday 9th September 2017. As children read their choice of six library books during the summer they will receive stickers, some with mysterious smells to help you sniff out the answers.

By collecting the stickers on their collector folder, young readers will help the ‘Animal Agents’ find out what’s really been going on behind the scenes and who is to blame.

Everyone that solves the crimes will receive and certificate and medal. As well as that, the libraries service has teamed up with some of our local museums this year so all children joining the Summer Reading Challenge will also collect a museums passport full of special offers and treats.

There will be a full programme of themed family events over July and August including special launch events. There is a whole menagerie of free events happening across our libraries from clay modelling to animal mask making.

Cllr Tim Harman, cabinet member responsible for Libraries at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “The summer reading challenge is a great way to make sure that young people are able to keep up with reading skills in an exciting and fun way.

“Last year over 10,000 children took part and for a lot of families, the Summer Reading Challenge is the highlight of their summer. It makes reading fun and improves children’s reading range, motivation and confidence.

“I hope children will love this year’s theme of ‘Animal Agents’ and set off on a sleuthing summer of fun becoming super readers as they go.”

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